I kind of give up. I've been bringing in baked goods (bread and cupcakes and whatnot) that I've been making at home to work. I always give some to Head Teacher, of course. Because I'm not an ugly person. It's an attempt to keep my karma balanced. Or to make up for all the ugly things I think about her and just barely manage not to say out loud. Or something.
Anyway. Today it was tiramisu cupcakes. She asked me how I made them. I listed a few of the ingredients. She interrupted to say that it was very difficult. I told her she only thought it was difficult because she had never seen it done -- that it's quite simple.
She told me that making rice for Koreans is easy because they all have a rice maker in their houses, so making bread for foreigners is very easy, because they all have bread makers in their houses.
Uh. No. Actually, they don't. And bread, as in morning bread, is actually quite difficult to get exactly right. And bread machines don't make cupcakes. And cupcakes are not bread. And making rice is nothing like making cupcakes. Or bread.
I settled on just telling her that all foreigners don't have bread machines and leaving it at that. But that making cupcakes is really quite simple -- you just put all the ingredients in the bowl, stir, pour it into cups, put them in the oven, wait. The end.
She didn't allow that to deter her from her pre-determined line of thought (or speech), of course. She trooped on: Making cupcakes is easy for you because you are a foreigner.
Well. No. I just know that making cupcakes is easy because I'm a foreigner. It's just as easy for you as it is for me -- you just follow directions. Put this amount of these things in a bowl and stir -- I repeated.
No. For Koreans making bread is very difficult. One of her students paid $500 a month to a private tutor to learn how to make cinnamon bread. It's not easy for Koreans.
Really? Because I think it's the same as any cooking -- you just mix the ingredients in the right amount. It's not --
"You are a foreigner! You have an ingrained natural sense of how to make bread!"
You know what? That is your last cupcake ever. Ever.